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MBI agents investigate shooting death of off-duty Mississippi state trooper

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Lt. Troy L. Morris (Photo courtesy MHP)

Mississippi Bureau of Investigation agents are investigating a shooting that took the life of an off-duty state trooper in Jefferson County.

On Aug. 7, 2020, at approximately 4:30 a.m., the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation responded to a shooting death in Jefferson County on U.S. Highway 61.

Upon arrival, agents discovered the driver of a U.S. Postal Service delivery truck deceased in the vehicle. The driver, identified as Troy L. Morris, 58, of Natchez, Mississippi, was a 27-year veteran and lieutenant with the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Lt. Morris worked part time for the U.S. Postal Service. The MBI Crime Scene Unit responded with agents to gather evidence and conduct interviews.

“This is a sad day for law enforcement, the Mississippi Highway Patrol, and the State of Mississippi. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Lt. Troy Morris. Local, state and federal agents will work tirelessly to ensure justice,” said Commissioner Sean Tindell in a statement.

“We are deeply saddened at the loss of Lt. Troy Morris,” said Colonel Randy Ginn, Director of the MHP. “He was a good man, friend and a valuable member of this agency. He will truly be missed by the Mississippi Highway Patrol. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

The U.S. Postal Service in conjunction with Mississippi Crime Stoppers are offering a $105,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any person or suspects. If you have any information, please call one of the numbers below:

U.S. Postal Service tip line 1-877-876-2455

Mississippi Crime Stoppers 1-888- 827-4637

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Blackburn Motors hit by car thieves

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Blackburn Motors, 2135 North Frontage Road, was the scene of a business burglary and auto theft Monday around 7 a.m.

Vicksburg police have issued a regional be-on-the-lookout alert for a 2020 black Dodge Challenger that was driven off the showroom floor through a door. Witnesses reported that the vehicle fled eastbound on Interstate 20. It was later reported that the vehicle was spotted near Flowers.

A 2020 blue Dodge Ram pickup truck and a gray 2011 Dodge Charger were also stolen.

Anyone with any information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Criminal Investigation Division of the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511 or Crime Stoppers at 601-355-TIPS.

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VPD responds to shootings and a burglary overnight

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Accidental Shooting on Manship Street

Shortly after 8:00pm on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, officers were dispatched to a residence on Manship Street in reference to a shooting.

When they arrived, they found a 16-year-old male had received a gunshot wound to his chest.  The victim was transported to the university of Mississippi Medical Center for treatment. At last report the victim is in critical but stable condition.

The preliminary investigation has determined that the shooting was accidental, based on eyewitness accounts. 

Shooting Victim Shows up at River Region

In an unrelated incident, a few minutes before 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2020, a 29-year-old male entered the Emergency Room at Merit Health River Region for treatment.  He had received a gunshot wound to his left buttock.  

According to the victim, he had been walking west on Speed Street from Halls Ferry Road when he was injured.  No additional information is available.

Mall Burglary Suspect Apprehended at Scene

Around 4:00 a.m., Sunday, October 11, 2020, officers responded to a report of a burglary in progress at Jordan’s in the Vicksburg Mall, 3505 Pemberton Square Boulevard.  When they arrived, the officers found an open door and, when they entered the building, discovered Felix Williams, 30, of Vicksburg inside pushing a trash cart loaded with a large quantity of clothing from the store. The value of the stolen merchandise is $25,967.83.  Williams was arrested on one count of Business Burglary.

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VPD reports three auto burglaries occurred Thursday

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The Vicksburg Police Department reports that three auto burglaries occurred Thursday, Oct. 8.

At 7:41 a.m. officers responded to the Carr Central Apartments, 1805 Cherry St. The victim reported someone entered her 2008 Dodge Charger, stealing a visa credit card, which was used to purchase an online ticket to the Warren Central football game for $8.35.

A second auto burglary at Carr Central Apartments was reported at about same time. The victim stated someone shattered the driver side front window on his 2008 GMC Sierra and took a Taurus 9mm handgun from the center console.

At 8:37 p.m. officers responded to a residence in the 1300 block of Division Street where the victim reported someone went under the hood of her 2011 GMC Yukon and stole the fuses so that her vehicle could not start.

If you have information on any of these burglaries, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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